Opinion

Impeachment fever comes quickly for some House Dems

Editorials

Newly adorned House Speaker Nancy Pelosi may find her greatest challenge is not working with Republicans but rather getting her fellow Democrats to unite around common sense initiatives that improve the country and the party's election scenario two years from now. The applause from her ...

These boots are made for double standards

Opinion

Is there anything, anything at all, for which President Donald Trump won’t be faulted by a press corps that despises him so much they are making a mockery of themselves in front of the world? They slammed the president for failing to visit troops in a war zone. Then, on Christmas night, ...

The media was still unglued in 2018

Opinion

President Trump has been in office for almost two years, which should mean that by now, all the crazy talk in the media about his impending dictatorship ought to be abandoned. Democracy is still vibrant, as we saw with record voter turnout in November. But the wild conspiracy theories about ...

Beware Silicon Valley Santas in schools

Opinion

When it comes to Silicon Valley Santas bearing gifts for our children, I am a big Scrooge. Every responsible parent should be, too. In 2016, Apple CEO Tim Cook showered a rural Idaho school district with 500 iPads and Apple TVs for every classroom, along with free training as part of a ...

State’s repeat DUI offenders get overdue tougher penalties

Editorials

The penalty for chronic offenders of Pennsylvania’s driving under the influence laws just got stiffer. And well it should. Under a long-overdue revision passed by the Legislature in October and signed by Gov. Tom Wolf, the legal consequences for some repeat offenders of DUI laws add up to ...

The New York Times supports blacklisting Jews

Opinion

The venerable New York Times, in an editorial, has endorsed the concept of blacklisting Jews. This is from a newspaper which has a proven record of deliberately down-playing evidence of genocide against the Jews during the Holocaust. In this country, conspiracies, and sometimes even ...

Impeaching Trump: We can’t afford it

Opinion

Seventeen! That’s the number of separate federal and state ongoing investigations targeting President Trump. This number omits the dozens of civil lawsuits the president or his businesses are also confronting. Under this unprecedented scrutiny Trump is easily the most investigated ...

Barr would restore much-needed integrity to Justice Department

Editorials

The Department of Justice, under fire often in the past two years, clearly needs a new leader who can command respect from all sides. It needs a leader who can act with the full power of the office behind him but do it in such a way that restores integrity to the department. President ...

Hollywood gangs up on Roger Ailes

Opinion

Talk-radio host and friend Chris Plante recently made an excellent point about Hollywood. As horrible new revelations of sexual misbehavior surface about former Les Moonves, it’s highly unlikely anyone’s going to make a movie about him, or about Matt Lauer, or Charlie Rose and so on. But ...

Dogs have their day in our politicized society

Opinion

I wanted to write this column about dogs. If you follow me on Twitter or have read my work elsewhere, you probably know that about me: I like my dogs. Though truth be told, I probably like your dogs, too. Because I just like dogs. It’s a common sentiment. Dog ownership has been going ...

Former ‘Y’ building may become viable housing, after all

Editorials

The former YMCA building in downtown Williamsport may eventually be home to high-end apartments, after all. The former Children's Discovery Workshop portion of the building at West Fourth and Elmira Streets has been in limbo since a demolition accident rendered it unsafe a few years ago and ...

President Trump is about to repeat Obama’s mistake in the Middle East

Opinion

WASHINGTON — During his time in CIA custody, 9/11 mastermind Khalid Sheikh Mohammed told his interrogator something prophetic. The United States may enjoy some fleeting battlefield successes, Mohammed declared, but in the end “we will win because Americans don’t realize ... we do not need ...

The insufferable James Comey

Opinion

Never before has a former FBI director boasted about taking advantage of an administration’s disorganization for his own ends. But never before has a former FBI director been as self-satisfied as James Brien Comey Jr. In an interview at the 92nd Street Y in New York City, Comey delighted ...

Shooting of officer starkly defines an unnecessary crisis

Editorials

The problem does not get any more starkly defined than this. Newman, Calif., police officer Ronil Singh, a legal immigrant, was shot and killed by an illegal immigrant the day after Christmas during a traffic stop for alleged drunken driving. The suspect, Gustavo Perez Arriaga, had a track ...

Baby, it’s crazy outside

Opinion

The far left is having trouble fighting wars on two fronts. With President Donald Trump in office, it’s fair to say that there wasn’t much of a “War on Christmas” this year, since the War on Trump is never-ending. But it’s more than that. The left has become so radicalized in ...

The congressional recessional

Opinion

America is often described as a constitutional democracy or constitutional republic. That’s not really true. The best you could say is that our system is constitutional-ish. Consider the bizarre controversy over President Donald Trump’s decision to pull out of Syria. A As a matter ...

Stream cleaning needs defined responsibility, long-term funding

Editorials

Stream cleaning may not be a top priority for lawmakers and residents in many parts of Pennsylvania. But in our region, where hunting, fishing, biking and hiking are integral parts of the quality of life and flooding is a persistent threat, stream cleaning is important. And there’s not ...

What this current crisis tells us about 2020 voters

Opinion

In these Washington hours of genuine bipartisan panic after the principled resignation of the nation’s thoroughly respected secretary of defense, James Mattis, American voters are forced to confront the real-life consequences of what it means to have elected an amateur-outsider — with no ...